Originally posted by roigam
Is it true that the Democratic Party started the KKK?
Are they going against their roots?
Not entirely. But at its founding we're talking about a time when the Republican Party was actually the left of the two major parties, with support from socialists. For example, Karl Marx endorsed Lincoln. Robert LaFollette, the "father of modern liberalism" who founded The Progressive magazine, began his career as a Republican. It really wasn't until the New Deal that there was a reallignment. The Democrats moved left and the black voters switched parties.
Later, when Pres. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act he said that the Democrats had lost the South for a hundred years. Sure enough, four years later Nixon initiated what his people called "the Southern Strategy" which involved the gradual seduction of the segregationists of the south into the Republican Party, and with a bit of a respite with Carter then Clinton, the South has pretty much voted Democratic since.
However, there may yet be another reallignment as diverse populations are moving into Virginia and North Carolina, as well as the Atlanta area of Georgia. Those states may be moving more liberal.
The KKK meanwhile has long since left the Democratic Party. David Duke has always run on the Republican ticket. The racist Council of Conservative Citizens is Republican. White Nationalists, otherwise known lately as the "alt right" - Republican.